Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

Shopper’s Diary: Unpackaged in Clerkenwell

Search

Shopper’s Diary: Unpackaged in Clerkenwell

May 10, 2011

Imagine life without packaging; that's what Catherine Conway did in 2006 when she opened Unpackaged in Clerkenwell, all because she wanted to restock her cupboards using her own containers. Julie and I stopped by last week when we were doing our East London run to admire the wares: Conway stocks all the grocery essentials, including oils, vinegars, herbs, spices, tea, coffee, household products, as well as organic fruit and vegetables. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers (and receive discounts when they do). "The most frugal, but totally genius, bit of packaging design I've ever seen was Nigel Barrow's Christmas puddings," she says. "They're supplied just in the muslin needed for steaming, and are perfect: stylish, rustic, retro, and waste free." For more information and tips on living the unpackaged life, go to Unpackaged.

Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 3

Above: Even the shop space is repurposed: Conway is reusing what was once Lloyd's, an old Welsh Dairy in Clerkenwell, for Unpackaged.

Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 4

Above: Straightforward instructions for leading an unpackaged life.

Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 5

Above: Same message conveyed with the use of pictograms.

Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 6

Above: Birthday pom-poms made by a friend from recycled tissue paper function as window decoration.

Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 7

Above: Grocery store essentials stored in glass jars are lined up beneath a vestige of Lloyd's Dairy.

Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 8 Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 9

Above: Organic oils and vinegar, sold in bulk.

Shoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 10

Above: Fresh fruit displayed in brown paper bags.

string  20  bagsShoppers Diary Unpackaged in Clerkenwell portrait 12

Above L: Conway always has an eco-bag from Bags2Keep on her arm. Above R: Her resusable containers of choice are by Dutch Designers Royal VKB.

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation

v5.0